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The Great Plains’ Looming Water Crisis

Farming in the northeast corner of Colorado used to be simple: plant corn and watch it grow, irrigated by the massive Ogallala aquifer. Today the …

America’s water crisis is so much bigger than California

The American West is in grave peril, thanks in small part to gross mismanagement of the Colorado River basin<p><b>Why do I keep hearing about the California drought, if it's the Colorado River that we're "killing"?</b><p>Pretty much every state west of the Rockies has been facing a water shortage of one kind or …

The Science Inside: Beer could solve the water crisis

This week's show kicks off with how the joys of brewing beer can solve a water crisis. Professor Anthony Turton explains how South Africa got to this …

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Earth's Breathable Atmosphere Tied to Plate Tectonics?

<i>Follow Johnny Bontemps on Twitter.</i><p>A new study links continents and plate tectonics to the rise of oxygen on Earth. Image credit: The International …

The world is quickly running out of water, new NASA study says

The world is losing groundwater, fast.<p>That is the conclusion of a new study published by researchers at NASA, which drew on satellite data to quantify the stresses on aquifers. The researchers found that over the decade-long study of the 37 major aquifers worldwide, 21 experienced a depletion of …

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The water crisis isn't limited to California

The American West, not just California, is experiencing a long-term drought.<p>As drought conditions drag on, the region's water reservoirs are getting drained.<p>Dean Farrell of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill made a stunning (and frightening) interactive graphic illustrating how empty the …

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